If you are a reader of my blog for some time you know about Fred and Ethel. They return every year to their spot on the river around St. Patrick's Day...usually 2 to 3 days after. We built their home about 8 years ago because they wanted to make home on the top of my husband's boat and that could not be allowed. One of the earlier posts on their nest building event that year is here.
Fred and Ethel are our resident osprey, if you have not guessed. Our nesting site cost about $300 to build, so we were quite serious in getting them to nest somewhere else. They have visited for at least ten years now.
The male has arrived today and is waiting for his mate. They vacation in separate areas which probably contributes to their longstanding relationship. But upon his arrival he found this:
I was wondering what on earth these Canada geese were thinking! But they came, rearranged some sticks and then the female started to rest there during the day.
Sometimes one would fly down for a swim while the other waited in the nest spot. Then at other times one would sit and one would watch.
Today Fred arrived and perched on the mast overlooking his former home.
The geese were certainly concerned and began to hunker down. Soon Fred made his presence known.
He is smaller but has talons and a sharp bill.
This went on for some time with him calling in his sharp voice and then sweeping over the tops of the cowering geese. Fred does not like my presence from past altercations so he finally left to the far side of the river.
I am pretty sure this is not the end of the battle and that he will be back. His mate should arrive in a few days, and maybe, he is just waiting for reinforcements. Such drama on my spot in the river!